Franz Kafka On Noise

Franz Kafka (July 03, 1883 – June 03, 1924)

I want to write and there’s a constant trembling in my forehead. I’m sitting in my room which is the noise headquarters of the whole apartment, doors are slamming everywhere. … Father breaks down the door of my room and marches through with the bottom of his bathrobe dragging behind him. Valli shouts through the foyers as if across a Parisian street, asking if father’s hat has been brushed. The front door makes a noise like a sore throat … Finally, father is gone, and all that remains is the more tender, hopeless peeping of the two canaries.